Dinniman announces retirement

By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times State Sen. Andy Dinniman Chester County Democratic powerhouse State Sen. Andy Dinniman announced Friday night that he would not seek reelection for a fourth term — just weeks after launching his reelection. Dinniman, a former County Commissioner and Democratic Party Chair, announced Friday that family concerns meant it was time to end a three-decade career in...

Endorsements: Malloy, Dinniman for state Senate

Although the headlines from the national race have grabbed the headlines, we in Pennsylvania stand at a crossroads: the state’s finances are broken, we continue struggle to manage to pay for road and bridge and repairs, policing and education. Pensions continue to strangle the state budget and boost local property taxes. Our state legislature continues to be exceptionally dysfunctional and overly...

Local legislators back bipartisan state budget

Senate, Gov. must OK $31.55 billion state spending plan By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Correction: Adds Rep. Truitt’s vote. It appears last year’s long, drawn out state budget process may be shorter — based on the bipartisan passage of a new $31.55 billion budget by the state House of Representatives, Tuesday, 132-68. The budget was supported by seven Chester County State Representatives...

Wolf’s budget proposal brings out the silly from both sides

And…York area senator trash talks our senators, again By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times It was a bit frosty in Harrisburg this week — and I don’t just mean the “my gosh will this awful winter ever end” kind of frosty, but a less than warm reception to Gov. Tom Wolf’s first budget proposal and, because it is the time for giving (at least to political columnists), more Republican...

Pileggi to seek Delco judgeship

Would quit state Senate if elected to Court of Common Pleas State Sen. Dominic Pileggi Sen. Dominic Pileggi, the former Senate Majority Leader, who represents the 9th Senate District which includes much of southern Chester County Chester Counties, announced Friday he plans to run for a vacancy on the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. Pileggi, the former mayor of Chester, has served in the...

Pileggi out as Senate Majority Leader

GOP Senate votes him out in favor of Corman By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Sen. Dominic Pileggi Chester County will no longer have representation in the leadership of either party’s leadership in the state legislature, after a shakeup Wednesday deposed Sen. Dominic Pileggi from his post as Majority Leader of the state Senate. Pileggi (R-9), who represents a large portion of the eastern part...

The Times endorsements: Governor & State Senate

This represents the final installment of The Times’ first-ever political endorsements. Friday, we offered our take on the U.S. Congressional races and Saturday we offered our thoughts on six state representative races in Chester. We welcome your comments and thoughts.   Governor: Tom Wolf Barring a meteorite strike, Tom Wolf is almost certainly going to be the next governor of Pennsylvania....

Could attacks on Pileggi doom Pa. GOP?

If Republicans move right, will they lose moderates — and control? By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times Is state Sen. Dominic Pileggi in danger of becoming a former Senate Majority leader? If you ask a couple of his fellow Republican senators, who have both issued scathing letters condemning the senator, yes. But Pileggi, who represents a large swath of southern Chester County, seems ready to seek...

Rafferty announces bid for third term

Will face challenge in Nov. from Cozzone State Sen. John Rafferty As expected, state Sen. John Rafferty announced this week he will seek reelection to a third term from the 44th Senate district — setting up a November race against Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, who announced plans to run earlier this week. Rafferty serves as Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and pointed...

County GOP endorses most of slate for 2014

Corbett, 167th battle highlights of largely quiet convention By Mike McGann, Editor, The Times County Commissioner Ryan Costello thanks Chetser County Republicans after being endorsed as the party’s candidate for the 6th Congressional District, Wednesday, during the committee’s annual convention. WEST GOSHEN — Although most of Wednesday night’s endorsement votes during the Chester...